Oregon Legislative Priorities

The following state-based bills are legislative priorities for the Oregon Tenth Amendment Center. They are all designed to push back against federal violations of the constitution. If you have suggestions or recommendations, please contact us!

We encourage you to visit the links below, learn about the legislation – and most importantly, contact your local state reps to encourage them to submit and support similar legislation here in Oregon.

State Sovereignty and Federal Tax Funds Act
Such laws would require that all federal taxes come first to the state’s Department of Revenue. A panel of legislators would assay the Constitutional appropriateness of the Federal Budget, and then forward to the federal government a percentage of the federal tax dollars that are delineated as legal and Constitutionally-justified. The remainder of those dollars would be assigned to budgetary items that are currently funded through federal allocations and grants or returned to the people of the state.
Click here to learn more.

Defend the Guard
Under the Constitution, the militia (now called the National Guard) may only be called into duty by the federal government in three specific situations. According to Article I, Section 8; Clause 15, the Congress is given the power to pass laws for “calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.” The militia was intended by the Founders and Ratifiers to be defense force and nothing more. Deployments outside the country were not considered, and neither were internal deployments in pursuance of powers that were not delegated to the federal government. Congress has passed numerous laws in the past 100 years giving the federal government additional authority not mentioned in the Constitution. But, without amendment, altering the enumerated powers by legislative fiat is, in and of itself, unconstitutional. Campaigns in states around the country are working to reassert the authority of governors over guard troops.
Click here to view sample Defend the Guard legislation
Click here for Oregon HB2556

Firearms Freedom Act
Originally introduced and passed in Montana, the FFA declares that any firearms made and retained in-state are beyond the authority of Congress under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states. The FFA is primarily a Tenth Amendment challenge to the powers of Congress under the “commerce clause,” with firearms as the object.
Click here for more information on the FFA
Click here for all Gun Rights articles at the Oregon Tenth Amendment Center

Patriot Act
More information and sample legislation coming soon!

No Child Left Behind and the Department of Education
More information and sample legislation coming soon!